This is the article on the original Dead Soul Technique. For the similarly named video game-only ninjutsu, head to Forbidden Technique: Dead Soul Technique.
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Dead Soul Technique
Kanji 死魂の術
Rōmaji Shikon no Jutsu
English anime Dead Soul Jutsu
Manga Volume #10, Naruto Chapter #89
Anime Naruto Episode #51
Game Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 3
Appears in Anime, Manga, Game
Classification Ninjutsu, Medical Ninjutsu
Rank B-rank
Class Supplementary
Range Short to Mid range
Derived jutsu

Using this technique, a user can temporarily reanimate a corpse, creating the illusion of a living person, and manoeuvre it at will with chakra. This is achieved by causing the heart to beat once more. The reanimated corpse can serve as either a short-time ally or an effective decoy. The said corpse can also use techniques they once possessed. The traces of surgery can also be erased with chakra, because of which there's no difference, at first glance, with a live person. Kabuto adds plastic surgery to this, altering the corpse's face, and goes even further by erasing its bodily odour, so that the smell doesn't give him away, thus creating an effective body double for himself.


  1. First Databook, page 189